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Afef Abrougui

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5 October 2017

A Yemeni Political Analyst Has Been Held By Houthi Rebels Since August, With No Explanation

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Hisham Al-Omeisy is a crucial voice on the ongoing war in Yemen, and its humanitarian cost.

22 September 2017

Saudi Arabia Eases Restrictions on Messaging Apps, But WhatsApp and Viber Are Still Blocked

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Since 2013, the Saudi government has partially or fully blocked chat and call applications including WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook Messenger and FaceTime.

20 September 2017

Sentenced to One Year in Prison for ‘Inciting Protest,’ a Moroccan Journalist Goes on Hunger Strike

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Several journalists have been arrested by Moroccan authorities over their coverage of the unrest in the Rif region.

13 September 2017

Keeping His Story Alive: The Creative Legacy of Bassel Khartabil

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One month after his execution was confirmed, friends honour Bassel Khartabil through art, song and new opportunities for open technology innovators.

17 August 2017

In Tunisia's ‘State of Emergency’, a New Police Protection Law Could Allow More Abuse — With Impunity

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Supported by the interior ministry and police unions, the bill is being criticized by human rights groups.

9 August 2017

Rights Group Website and Columnist's Blog Become Latest Targets of Egypt's Censorship Campaign

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From May 24 to August 6, Egyptian authorities blocked 133 websites, according to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression.

11 July 2017

Protesting Mistreatment in Prison, Emirati Activist Survives Six Weeks of Hunger Strike

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Imran al-Radwan is serving a seven-year jail sentence for calling for reform in the UAE.

5 June 2017

Artists and Writers Celebrate the Work of Missing Syrian Developer Bassel Safadi

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"I’ve lived all my life dreaming of Freedom, and Bassel taught me to embrace it. I feel overwhelmed when I mention his name."

25 May 2017

Iraqi Parliament Slammed for Bill Restricting Free Speech, Right to Protest

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Instead of working to ensure stronger protections for freedoms, the Iraqi parliament is rather seeking to pass a repressive law.

8 May 2017

Tunisian Media Activist Interrogated Over Sources of Leaked Documents

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Sami Ben Gharbia is a significant figure in independent media and digital human rights activism in Tunisia and the Arab region.

5 May 2017

Draft Law Would Require Egyptian Social Media Users to Register With Government

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Users who do not register could face up to six months in jail and a fine.

Omani Authorities Block Access to Online Magazine Mowatin

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The independent magazine was blocked by Oman authorities on World Press Freedom Day, hours after resuming publication.

27 April 2017

Jailed Emirati Academic Endures Hunger Strike to Protest Ten-Year Jail Sentence

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"I have no choice but to go on hunger strike to restore my stolen freedom".

10 April 2017

Iraqi Journalists Face Threats From ISIS, Armed Militias and the State

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"As the war intensifies, and the number of armed groups and their influence in Iraq grows, the pressure on Iraqi journalists will increase.”

21 March 2017

UAE Authorities Arrest One Rights Activist and Extend the Detention of Another

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On 20 March police arrested human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor from his home. Meanwhile, UAE authorities have refused to release Osama al-Najjar, despite him having served out his prison sentence.

16 March 2017

UAE Court Sentences Jordanian Journalist Tayseer al-Najjar to Prison

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UAE authorities took issue with a Facebook post that Tayseer al-Najjar published before he had even moved to the country.

1 March 2017

Tunisian Government Pledges to Loosen Restriction on Civil Servants Speaking to Media

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The government suspended guidelines that forbid civil servants from speaking to the press without permission from their superiors.

10 February 2017

Is Tunisia Rolling Back Freedom of Information?

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In 2016, Tunisia introduced a law on access to information, but its implementation by the government remains limited.

7 February 2017

‘Why Are We Still Doing This?': Iraq Shuts Down Internet to Prevent Exam Cheating—Again

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Internet outages to prevent exam cheating have now become common in Iraq.

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